Inventing Music by Playing

Musical explorations for children from 8 to 12

Sunday, 8. September 2019, 11 – 12.30 h, Facilitator: Matthias Schwabe

Place: Schaubude Berlin,

A wide variety of different instruments and sounding objects are waiting to be explored and sounded by curious people. What sounds and rhythms can we discover ourselves? How can we as a group develop common pieces of music out of it? No musical prior knowledge is required, but curiosity for new “unheard-of” musical experiences.weiterlesen

The Sound of Objects

Saturday, 7. September 2019, 13 – 16 h, Facilitator: Mazen Kerbaj (Saal 1)

Mazen Kerbaj shares his own “method” of creating “personalized” extended techniques, a method where the instrument itself (in his case a trumpet) becomes the base for experimentation. weiterlesen

Improvising the Oriental Way

Practical Introduction to Makam Basics

24. – 25. August 2019, Facilitator: Tayfun Guttstadt

A Makam, the basic concept of all oriental music, is more than a scale. It includes rules of how to make use of the notes given. When these rules are followed, very different feelings can be created with the same scales or notes.


Flute Vision

Improvisationswerkstatt Querflöte

22. – 23. Juni 2019, Facilitator: Klaus Holsten

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Workshop in German language. For details see German version.

The Flexible Attention in Free Improvisation

14. – 16. June 2019, Facilitator: Wolfgang Schliemann

In ensemble improvisation there are many different attitudes – not only between the improvising persons, but also those between which a person can change during an improvisation. Which attitudes this can be, if and how these can complement or exclude, will be explored in this workshop.


My Life Myth – My Life Melody – My Music

A Deep Democracy Music Workshop

17. – 19. May 2019, Facilitator: Magdalena Schatzmann


In the background of our early childhood memories or childhood dreams hide the life melody of our individual life path. This is our life myth that never leaves us and that we forget at most now and then. But it is always there as a polar  tension between two mostly diverging energies. The breakdown of this polarity, the play with these contrasts, refreshes and deepens our music.


I Sound … – Workshop for Vocal Improvisers

Free Vocal (Solo) Improvisation with Lutes / Sounds / Noises / Lyrics

17. – 19. May 2019, Facilitator: Agnes Heginger


How do I sound?
When do I sound how?
And why should I even?
Do I want to sound or is hush and silence also part of my expression?
What does “authentic” mean?
How do I connect with / to myself?


Improvisation: in Music, Dance and Elsewhere

4. May 2019, Facilitators: Simon Rose (baritone saxophone) & Ingo Reulecke (dance)

Simon Rose (baritone saxophone) and Ingo Reulecke (dance) perform in duo and countless other projects. Both are extremely experienced mediators and active in artistic research.


The Other Music Academy (OMA) Improvisation Project

as guest @ exploratorium berlin

Tuesday – Saturday, 23. – 27. April 2019

The Weimar-based OMA Improvisation Project returns to the Berlin Exploratorium for a five-day, intensive workshop on Alan Bern’s Present-Time Composition (PTC) and Isabelle Marx’s Voice/Body/Awareness work.weiterlesen

Improvisation between earth and sky

The Five Elements of Dance Improvisation

29. – 31. März 2019, Facilitator: Jean Laurent Sasportes


The body as an energy mediator between earth and sky?
Shape, movement, timing, space – and the small flower?
The body as an instrument and the “what”, “when”, “where”, “how”

These terms are explored in a dance workshop that Jean Laurent Sasportes offers in the exploratorium.


Present Time Composition 1

Compositional thinking as a control of improvisation

23. – 24. March 2019, Facilitator: Alan Bern

Present Time Composition – workshop with Alan Bern

Present Time Composition © (PTC) is a special approach to improvised music developed by Alan Bern. Music created with PTC combines the spontaneity of free jazz with the structural clarity of composed music.


Whatever Arises – Practices of Freedom

16. – 17. March 2019, Facilitator: Maggie Nicols


Whatever level of experience you may have I use creative exercises which facilitate a safe and inspiring group dynamic and remind us of the power of ‘beginner’s mind.
I share practices of freedom which enable us to tap into our creative potential and express ourselves more fully, individually and collectively.
There will be opportunities for discussion and reflections on the social implications of improvised music as a way of communicating more freely and nurturing authentic ways of being.
In our different rhythms together, we co create social virtuosity.

All instruments and voice welcome!


Klezmer Music & Nigunim 1 – The Heart of Yiddish Melody

9. – 10. March 2019, Facilitator: Alan Bern


Today’s klezmer music goes back to the repertoire of professional, Ashkenazi (Yiddish-speaking) Jews in Eastern Europe. A strongly emotional music, it includes both listening and dance genres. It draws from and gives back to the musical traditions of neighboring cultures. 


The Physicality of Sound

23. – 24. February 2019, Facilitator: Biliana Voutchkova

the physicality of sound – sound improvisation with Biliana Voutchkova

The workshop explores the various ways of sound production in close relation to the physical aspect of the musicians movement.


voiceLab – The Voice as Sound Instrument

25. – 27. Januar 2019, Facilitator: Ute Wassermann


In this workshop based on playful exercises in breathing, resonance and articulation, the participants experience their voice as a versatile sound instrument and develop their own catalog of unusual and experimental vocal expressions.